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Editorial: Time to give

$63k+ per annum to go to parties? What a deal....

http://www.unitedwaydgco.org/document...

September 28, 2013 at 8:09 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Time to give

Back when....and it is still applicable today in many workplaces is the pressure placed on employees "to give" by their bosses....because said bosses have been leaned on by the "United Way Coordinator" for that place of employment. Alceste will bet these "pacesetter" outfits keep track of which employees "give" and how much.

The United Way is a bully boy/girl outfit used more for resume building and Chamber of Conmen connections than it is anything else.

How much is the United Way head honcho paid again? What's the salary and the benefit package and the perks?

September 26, 2013 at 8:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Corn not quite ready for harvest

Welfare is welfare. Are these "farmers" "means tested" as other welfare recipients are? What is good for the goose is good for the gander. Alceste wonders how these "family farms" vote and their own positions on the deep cuts in food assistance benefits for children and the impoverished could be subjected to thanks, in part, to the votes of the entire gang of Kansas representatives in Washington, D.C. All the while, a Farm Bill is about to be passed further ENHANCING subsidy payments. At the same time, the House’s “farm only” bill would increase federal spending on new farm subsidies by as much as $32 billion. This reverse Robin Hood approach would exacerbate an already lopsided imbalance that saw farmers enjoy record profits last year while 14.5 percent of Americans went hungry.. It is most curious how FOOD like lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, apples, etc., etc., etc. etc., seem to continue to be produced despite the reality there are no subsidies for these crops.

Supporting Family Farmers

Congress should support family farmers by ending subsidies that flow to the largest farm businesses regardless of need, including measures that:
End direct farm payments that are provided regardless of need.
Reform insurance subsidies by placing reasonable limits on who can receive them and the amount they can receive, and reject efforts to cover “shallow losses” or to increase target prices for crops such as rice and cotton.
Maintain the conservation compact to ensure that farmers protect wetlands, grasslands and soil health in exchange for a taxpayer-financed safety net, including crop insurance.
Level the playing field for all farmers and assist beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers by easing access to conservation, crop insurance, credit, loan and grant programs.
Invest in loan and grant programs that help create and expand local and regional markets for farm products.

Supporting Stewardship

Congress should invest in research and provide incentives for farmers and ranchers to protect and restore water quality and wildlife habitat by:
Rejecting cuts to voluntary conservation programs.
Delivering additional conservation funding and environmental benefits through grants to collaborative partnerships of farmers and local partners working together.
Reforming easement and incentive programs to achieve administrative efficiencies, target funds more effectively and provide loans for large-scale infrastructure projects.
Supporting organic food and helping farmers switch to organic food production.
Strengthening and modifying research, education and extension programs to better focus on organic and sustainable crop and livestock production and healthy food.
http://www.ewg.org/farmbill2013/ewg-f...

And having it suggested you're a welfare recipient doesn't taste too good, huh?

September 25, 2013 at 2:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Corn not quite ready for harvest

Alceste knows very well the costs of running a farm..................................BUSINESS.....and Alceste also knows the COST to DO BUSINESS and Alceste believes in a FREE market place for all....not just for the wealthy.

Why should the gubment be responsible for any "....costs of seed, fertilizer, land tractors, combines, grain trucks, planters, fuel, and regular maintenance on all of that equipment...."?? Should not the market place dictate these realities of DOING BUSINESS?!

Also, these farms don't produce food which has few if any subsidies (vegetables; fruits; etc. don't get subsidies.....). Well, perhaps the wheat and soybeans could be considered food, despite the genetics....but the basic crop is not food for people....particularly that corn....which is for even more gubment welfare for the wealthy via the ethanol plants....typically owned by these "local farmers".!

September 25, 2013 at 12:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Corn not quite ready for harvest

Welfare money at work = Nunemaker-Ross Inc. which has received payments totaling $1,105,802 from 1995 through 2012 and that does not include crop insurance subsidies. (fact source = http://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?... )

Isn't it grand how the "free market place" works? *shrug*

....and the Millerat operation in Leavenworth County isn't doing so bad for able bodied welfare recipients according to the cash haul over the past several years per the facts: Mark Milleret received payments totaling $296,764 from 1995 through 2012

http://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?... (and that is just the welfare paid for corn; http://farm.ewg.org/persondetail.php?... outlines the other welfare payments this able bodied welfare recipient is taking as a hand out from the gubment ).

Again, ain't the "free marketplace" simply grand? Alceste is compelled to wonder the position these active welfare getters have on food benefits to children as well as the impoverished which were voted to be cut by the Kansas delegation to Congress?

September 25, 2013 at 8:04 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas U.S. House delegation votes for bill to cut $39 billion in food stamps over 10 years

Stop with the you statements, or Alceste will match them salvo for salvo! OTHERS may have said Alceste was in the rental business. Alceste never has and never will. It would be sadly incorrect.

Safe deposit boxes of cash are not taxable. The cash does not generate income and is what is left over from already having had a larger amount taxed. Cash is King.

Tax rental property to the teeth. And a eureka moment: tax that 2nd and 3rd and 4th, etc. "personal house" with a federal tax of some sort.

It's been stupid to go to KU for a LONG time already.

Learn to live on less; forget what and you were; downsize from a fancy house to a more "modest one"; quit buying new cars (garages are houses for cars.....they should be taxed now that Alceste thinks about it....another Eureka moment.........) and accept the reality that one has to go to the CASH (non income earning) every so often when necessary. The property tax drain is one gnat that seems to have a key to the darn thing...........

September 22, 2013 at 5:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas U.S. House delegation votes for bill to cut $39 billion in food stamps over 10 years

Moderate opines: "....the poor are subsidized and the middle sees a decrease in standard of living...."

The middle needs to WISE UP and stop pointing fingers at nickels and dimes like SNAP and go after the real MONEY. Alceste has already noted the facts:

The top income-tax rate was 91 percent in 1960, 70 percent in 1980, 50 percent in 1986, and 39.6 percent in 2000, and is now 35 percent. Income from investments is taxed at a rate of 15 percent.

Those numbers at capital gains tax are a bit off....but close enough.

In answer to your question, Moderate, Alceste suggests we, as a Nation, go back to the 91% level of the 1960's......

Too many have too much and too many have too little. Period. It got nothing to do with gene pool or effort and everything to do with connections. See and read.

Outliers: The Story of Success Malcolm Gladwell and now David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

The achievements that we chalk up to natural ability or individual resolve owe a great deal to factors we underappreciate: historical timing, the career paths seized by immigrant parents, family wealth, the opportunity to put in thousands of hours of practice. Society has more control over who succeeds than we imagine; our talent pool could be much bigger than it is. The hidden factors of success are distributed, if anything, even less fairly than talent and intelligence. And the income and class distinctions that govern their allocation are rapidly becoming more inequitable.

Quoting Wolverine who is quoting Magneto...."There's a war coming. Are you sure you're on the right side?" http://www.hark.com/clips/zqhsgswrsc-...

September 22, 2013 at 3:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas U.S. House delegation votes for bill to cut $39 billion in food stamps over 10 years

Moderate opines: "This is not about worthy programs being cut. It is about paying for what we want or limiting our wants to what we can afford!!"

Really?

It has been Alceste's experience on this message board that Moderate makes cogent points....but they're all in support of the wealthy; at the expense of the poor.

Moderate: Help Alceste understand why the SNAP program is so important to reel back in while the farm subsidies Alceste has already documented go unchecked. The farm bill was already passed.....and the 1%'ers were darn successful in separating food assistance from farm subsidies: before, the two were all wrapped into one piece of legislation. So, by making certain that phat cat Agri-business gets paid......some regular joe/jane getting a whopping $126@month in food support (only) are easy pickings for these wealthy types.

Alceste just don't get why wealthy people are always picking on the poor as "welfare recipients", but fail to recognize the stuff they get from gubment is welfare just as well.

Ah yes....but then, again.....this is Kansas.....and as we all know....In hard times, Kansans prefer to blame the poor......*shrug*

Over time, the United States has expected less and less of its elite, even as society has oriented itself in a way that is most likely to maximize their income. The top income-tax rate was 91 percent in 1960, 70 percent in 1980, 50 percent in 1986, and 39.6 percent in 2000, and is now 35 percent. Income from investments is taxed at a rate of 15 percent. The estate tax has been gutted.

September 21, 2013 at 8:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas U.S. House delegation votes for bill to cut $39 billion in food stamps over 10 years

Congressional staffers get their college loans paid by taxpayers

To demonstrate another perk you cannot get a straight answer about, despite direct, blunt inquiries:

I recently became aware of a "tool" used by members of Congress "...to recruit and retain qualified staff in the service of...." Congress. I am advised in general, the program enables participating Senate employing offices to authorize repayment of qualifying student loans on behalf of eligible employees who agree in writing to remain in their employment for a period of one year. I am advised some offices offer this as a benefit, others do not. Under the program, Senate offices are allowed to use up to 3.5 percent of the average Member's Representational Allowance for all Member offices. Individual participants can receive no more than $833 per month in benefits and no more than $60,000 over their lifetime.

Does Senator Robert's office provide such a benefit? If so, please advise as to how many staffers for the Senator are being given this benefit and what the total annual cost is. I am not asking for the names of the recipients or individual amounts, although those would most certainly be wonderful to have, please. However, I am requesting the annual expenditure within Senator Robert's office for this rather luxurious perk be provided.

You may email the data to Alceste or U.S. Mail the data to
(redacted)

Alceste continues to wait: The same letter is sent every 4 months to all members of the Kansas delegation....not just Jenkins (the program is also used in the House) (or Roberts and Moran)......

http://www.beaufortobserver.net/Artic...

"However, the Committee on House Administration did establish the Student Loan Repayment Program to provide House employing offices an additional tool with which to recruit and retain qualified staff in the service of the House. *In general, the program enables participating House employing offices to authorize repayment of qualifying student loans on behalf of eligible employees who agree in writing to remain in their employment for a period of one year. Some offices offer this as a benefit, others do not. Under the program, House offices are allowed to use up to 3.5 percent of the average Member's Representational Allowance for all Member offices. Individual participants can receive no more than $833 per month in benefits and no more than $60,000 over their lifetime. The benefit is limited to the staff member only – their children are not eligible.*"

September 21, 2013 at 5:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas U.S. House delegation votes for bill to cut $39 billion in food stamps over 10 years

Cowboy:

SOME of that data can be found via http://www.legistorm.com/salaries.html . This web site tracks salaries and trips. Basic, good data can be found at no cost. However, even the "good guys" have to pay the rent, so to get down and dirty stats, one has to join. Still: http://www.legistorm.com/member/950/R... is the site that tracks are wonderful rep to Congress. http://www.legistorm.com/member/950/R... will list names and salaries. Not sure if you can still track trips. (Ah....I see.....you have to be a LegistormPro member to get that stuff). Try writing Jenkins; ask for the data and see how swift a reply you get. Alceste has been Waiting for Godot for the data from her office.

Ah...yes.....PARTY TIME!!!! This web site tracks the free lunches and dinners these people receive.....here's the link for Jenkins... http://politicalpartytime.org/pol/N00... that data seems a bit dated and I'm not sure why.....but http://politicalpartytime.org/ is a force to reckoned with, although when it is all said and done, it's all for naught. The American people have proven time and again....and especially Kansans....the reality they're not only stupid, they love the misery because they keep sending the same hacks back to Washington.

September 21, 2013 at 5:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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